An interview on The Power Of The Brain with Dr. Patty Durath Cooper

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  1. Dr. Cooper you have managed to overcome all the odds and become a distinguished doctor. How did you get to the top? Tell us your journey.

Every journey starts with a thought. My thought has always been: who am I, and what I want out of my life! The answer in my case was clear from the very beginning. I wanted to be a journalist. I wanted to explore reality to feed my hungry brain. I have become a doctor to take over my father’s business, and I must admit at the beginning my studying wasn’t easy. Subjects like Inorganic chemistry were hard to digest. Let’s say it was a good exercise of character and required real gumption. It turned out to be extremely useful. The day after my graduation I started working for a pharmaceutical company that researches the brain. Sheer paradise! When the question you want to answer is: who am I, the brain is certainly the first place that you want to look at. Your brain is the driver, your brain is the controller, your brain is the magic in you. You love with your brain, not with your heart. You feel your body because your body is an extended brain. I believe we don’t get to love our brain like we should, because we take it for granted. In Latin, the verb to know means to love as well. The greatest intuition of all times! I started with the brain and journalism became a consequence. At the top of my career I met a charming doctor. We decided to get married in three days. We had three brilliant children, today students in top universities in the US, Australia and Europe. I slowed down all my activities for taking care of my offspring, I believe that if you take the responsibility to bring three new entries into this trouble world, you have to act accordingly. I have never regretted it. Today I feel complete, but my brain desires more studying and interactions. Sometimes it is hard to keep up with my own brain speed!

2. Dr. Cooper in addition to your high credentials in the academia, you are a master communicator in the media and very successful journalist. What a renaissance woman. How does your typical day looks like? What advice would you give to young people who likes to follow your footsteps?

I have no typical days. Every day is unique. The only constant is that I eat and drink in moderation and exercise as much as I can. Mens sana in corpore sano, like Latins said! To a young person who would like to become a journalist I would recommend to learn to feel people, not only facts. A news is just a bunch of words without humanity. Creativity is equally important. The news is the same for all journalists, but with creativity it becomes personal, special, sometimes unforgettable.

3. Dr. Cooper, you believe in the power of sleep and you actually sleep over 8 hours a day. How important is sleep to you? Why?

During sleep the levels of glycogen are replenished in our brain. Consequently, a major function of sleep is to replenish glycogen stores in the brain that have been depleted during wakefulness which is associated to an increased energy demand. You don’t necessarily need 8 hours. If you are woken up by your brain in he middle of the night, sometimes you might enjoy your brain’s company and be attentive to what your brain has to tell you. Of course by saying it I do not mean insomnia on a regular basis. I think we have to have it all reversed: how much sleep deprivation can I afford to be able to function? The answer is not the same for any of us! If your activities are connected with pleasure and satisfaction your sleep will be more relaxed and fulfilling, maybe you would need less sleep. If you are living a sad and problematic stage of your life, sleep can be a consolation and an escape from an unsatisfactory routine, and you may need to sleep more. Again, your needs come first. The key is to clearly recognize your ever changing needs. One above all: the profound, unavoidable need to establish close and durable relations with other human beings, a little thing called love.


Dr. Patty Durath Taiariol Cooper was born and raised in Italy. She spent a consistent part of her childhood in Los Angeles with her mother’s family. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Ferrara, one of the oldest and most renowned in Italy. During her professional career she has had and still has prestigious and relevant professional partnerships, like the ones with Alitalia, Glaxo Pharmaceuticals, Cantine Collalto, Bisol Wines, Balsameria Midolini, Ansa News agency, SBS Australia, Antipodi News, Catholic Collegio PioX . The most impressive and lasting one, is with Fidia Pharmaceutical, a company which researches and synthesizes drugs aimed to interact with the Central Nervous System. At the age of 29 she also became an accredited journalist and writes for one of the most prominent Italian daily newspaper, called Il Giornale. In 1997 she was granted an Australian Business Investor Visa, and started working as a correspondent for SBS Radio, an Australian government network.

She published her first book in 2010 and was awarded a prize: “Grangiallo a Castelbrando”. Lately she has been asked to serve as the Honorary Consul for Australia to Italy. She is currently on a speaking tour from Malibu to Beverly Hills and surrounding areas on the topic of Communication. The Keynote title: THE POWER OF YOUR SUCCESSFUL COMMUNICATION

During this keynote you will:

Be empowered to communicate in an innovative way that origins from within.

Address every matter immediately in response to various stimulations.

Be assertive at all times and ask for what you truly want and need

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